There is a lot of information your friends or family may say about your eyes. Do you ever wonder if what they say is really true? Should you follow their advice? There is a lot of confusion regarding what is really true about your eye health. Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can discuss your concerns in our office. Here is some information regarding common eye myths.
Myth: You should not have cataract surgery until it is “ripe”
A cataract is a clouding of the natural lens in your eye. Most people develop a cataract as they age. You should consider having cataract surgery when you are unhappy with your vision with your glasses on during your daily activities. Cataract surgery is a relatively safe, outpatient eye surgery. It is important that we perform a comprehensive eye examination to check for other conditions that can be affecting your vision.
Myth: You should not read in dim light
It is not harmful for your eyes to read in dim light. Reading in dim light may make your eyes feel strained or tired, but it will not cause any long term damage.
Myth: It is bad for my eyes if I sit too close to the television
It will not harm your eyes if you are sitting too close to the television. If your child insists on sitting close to the television, you may want to make sure they have normal vision. I recommend they have an eye examination to check for the need for glasses as well as other eye problems.
Myth: I don’t really need safety glasses
Severe eye injuries can often happen when you are least expecting it. It is important to use eye protection to prevent injuries that can lead to blindness. It is especially important to use safety eye protection if you have poor vision in one of your eyes.